Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

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Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
PCS (Pindi Cricket Stadium)
Pindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi.jpg
Ground information
LocationRawalpindi, Punjab
Establishment19 January 1992
Capacity25,000
OwnerPakistan Cricket Board
OperatorNorthern Cricket Association
TenantsPakistan National Cricket Team
Northern cricket team
Islamabad United
End names
Pavilion End
Shell End
International information
First Test9–14 December 1993:
 Pakistan v  Zimbabwe
Last Test7–10 February 2020:
 Pakistan v  Bangladesh
First ODI19 January 1992:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
Last ODI5 December 2006:
 Pakistan v  West Indies
As of 10 February 2020
Source: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Cricinfo

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is an international standard cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This stadium has recently been expanded to cater to the ever-increasing number of spectators for the game. With the increase in capacity, it can now hold around 25,000 spectators.[1] The stadium hosted its first Test match in 1993.[2]Test cricket returned back to Pakistan in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in a 2 match test series against Sri Lanka. The 1st test match was held from 11 December-15 December 2019 in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

History[edit]

Before the construction of Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi Club Cricket Ground had been used as a venue for international matches, including one Test match against New Zealand that was held in March 1965. [1][disputed ]

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium was a prime spot in the 1995–96 Cricket World Cup. With an eye on the World Cup of 1996, unveiled another new Test venue for the second Test against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi. Karachi staged Pakistan's first Test match and Rawalpindi Cricket stadium became the country's 14th Test ground. The flood lights were added in late 2001 when the Australians were set to tour the Region. The stadium is just 20 minutes from the capital Islamabad and is the only proper international stadium in the territory.

Perched on the edge of the city of almost four million people and only three miles away from the capital Islamabad. Rawalpindi was used last January for the fifth and final One Day International against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won by 117 runs to win the one-day series by a margin of 4–1.

Revival of Cricket in Pakistan[edit]

In April 2018, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the venue, along with several others in the country, would get a makeover to get them ready for future international matches and fixtures in the Pakistan Super League.[3]

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Test match[edit]

In October 2019, the PCB proposed hosting the two Test matches in Pakistan, instead of the UAE, at venues in Rawalpindi and Karachi.[4] Sri Lanka Cricket said that they were "very positive" with regards to the progress of playing Test cricket in Pakistan.[5] In November 2019, the PCB confirmed the dates and venues for the Test series, with the first test match taking place in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from 11 to 15 December. [6] It was the first test match played at this venue after 15 years and first International match after 13 years.[7]

Records[edit]

  • First Test: Dec 9–14, 1993 – Pakistan v Zimbabwe.
  • First ODI: 19 Jan 1992 – Pakistan v Sri Lanka.

Test[edit]

  • Highest Team Total: 600 India v Pakistan 13 Apr 2004
  • Lowest Team Total: 139 WestIndies v Pakistan 29 Nov 1997
  • Highest Individual Score: 270 R Dravid India v Pakistan 13 Apr 2004
  • Highest partnership: 323 Aamer Sohail, Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan v West Indies 29 Nov 1997

29 feb 1998

One Day International[edit]

  • Highest team total: 329/6 Pakistan v India 16 March 2004
  • Lowest team total: 104 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 9 October 2004
  • Highest Run Chase Achieved:
  • Highest Run Chase (Won or Loss):
  • Highest individual score: 188* Gary Kirsten South Africa v U.A.E 16 Feb 1996
  • Highest partnership:

List of Five Wicket Hauls[edit]

Key[edit]

Symbol Meaning
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled.
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Drawn The match was drawn.

Tests[edit]

Nine five hauls have been taken in test matches at the ground.[8]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Result
1 Waqar Younis 9 December 1993  Pakistan  Zimbabwe 2 19 88 5 4.63 Won
2 Heath Streak 9 December 1993  Zimbabwe  Pakistan 3 20.3 56 5 2.73 Lost
3 Wasim Akram 9 December 1993  Pakistan  Zimbabwe 4 23.2 65 5 2.78 Won
4 Mushtaq Ahmed 28 November 1996  Pakistan  New Zealand 1 30 87 6 2.90 Won
5 Chris Cairns 28 November 1996  New Zealand  Pakistan 2 30.4 137 5 4.46 Lost
5 Mushtaq Ahmed 28 November 1996  Pakistan  New Zealand 2 30 87 6 2.90 Won
6 Mohammad Zahid 28 November 1996  Pakistan  New Zealand 3 20 66 7 3.30 Won
7 Saqlain Mushtaq 6 October 1997  Pakistan  South Africa 2 62 129 5 2.08 Drawn
8 Courtney Walsh 29 November 1997  West Indies  Pakistan 2 43.1 143 5 3.31 Lost
9 Stuart MacGill 1 October 1998  Australia  Pakistan 1 22 86 5 3.00 Won

One Day Internationals[edit]

Only one five hauls have been taken in one-day Internationals at the ground.[9]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Result
1 Saqlain Mushtaq 30 October 2000  Pakistan  England 1 8 20 5 2.50 Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadium stories: Famous Pakistan cricket grounds". Dawn. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Pakistan plans makeover for stadiums". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ "PCB propose Rawalpindi and Karachi as venues for Sri Lanka Test series". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  5. ^ "SLC 'very positive' about touring Pakistan in December". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Pakistan to play Sri Lanka Tests in front of home crowds". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Pakistan pacers shine as Tests come home, but Sri Lanka hold steady". ICC Cricket.com. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - Test Matches - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - One-Day Internationals - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2019.

External Links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°39′5.44″N 73°4′33.82″E / 33.6515111°N 73.0760611°E / 33.6515111; 73.0760611